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Wrath of the Titans: Movie Review


Genre: Action, Adventure
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman

Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike
Released by: Warner Bros. Pictures

In Short: This 3-D sequel to a remake, with its flat dialogue, lackluster plot and overwhelming special effects, is ultimately unsatisfying.

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A TITANIC THUD

Wearied of the Titans

The original "Clash of the Titans" (1981) was a fun movie, full of fantastical creatures, frightful monsters and Harry Hamlin. The 2010 remake, which was filmed in 2-D but converted to 3-D, pulled in nearly half a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, convincing producers that a sequel would generate even more. Sadly, "Wrath of the Titans" is unlikely to draw any new viewers to what looks to be a weak franchise.

Most of the main actors from the earlier remake have reunited for this myth-and-monsters movie. Sam Worthington returns as Perseus, Liam Neeson as his father Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Zeus' brother Hades. Rosamund Pike replaces Alexa Davalos as Princess Andromeda, bringing a more war-like, less romantic tinge to her character. It's a part reminiscent of Keira Knightley's Guinevere in "King Arthur" (2004). Bill Nighy makes a memorable appearance as Hephaestus, the maker of Zeus' thunderbolt, Poseidon's trident, and other wizardry, acting as quirky Q to Worthington's fisherman Bond.

"Wrath of the Titans" spins out a new plot that begins ten years after "Clash" with Perseus once again called upon to save the world, but with more family themes thrown into the mix. Hades, god of the underworld, captures his brother Zeus in order to give his power to their father, Kronos. In order to rescue his father, Perseus teams up with Andromeda and locates his cousin Agenor (played by Toby Kebbell), a goofy Russell Brand-like character with the same annoying accent. With Hephaestus' help, they find their way through the labyrinth, where, in a nod to ancient mythology, Perseus has to fight the minotaur before rescuing dear old Dad.  

Rosamund Pike in Wrath of the Titans Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson in Wrath of the Titans

It's a plot that is creative and consistent, though ultimately unsatisfying. Sure, there is plenty of action and adventure, but the drama is far from compelling. "Wrath of the Titans" wants badly to be a film about fathers and sons, to have Perseus torn between keeping watch over his young son Helius and rescuing his divine father Zeus. Instead, it's just another sad tale of a dysfunctional family, with brother betraying brother and hardly a woman in sight.

Much of the special effects are overwhelming, while the IMAX 3D is absolutely underwhelming. "Wrath of the Titans" would perhaps have succeeded much better as a summer blockbuster, shorn of some of the violence and tailored toward a younger audience. Kids don't mind flat dialogue, as when Zeus and Hades say, "Let's have some fun," just before a battle. If only the audience could say that about watching this second-rate sequel.


Reviewed by Barnaby Hughes

 



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(Updated: 03/30/12 CT)

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